Fraser thinks the list is crap. Which seems to be the consensus, from talking to people in Victoria over the weekend. The list is usually crap, but this year is especially weird. One thing Fraser doesn't mention is that one of the nominees, Jacob Scheier's More to Keep Us Warm, was blurbed by one of the jurors, Pier Giorgio di Cicco, who is thanked by Scheier in the acknowledgements of the book. This happens way, way more often than it should. Which is never. Since the CC obviously doesn't give a shit about enforcing its own conflict of interest policies , perhaps we should have recourse to public shaming. Given the present administration's--I hesitate to call them a government--hostility towards the arts, this is even more important. Blatant conflict of interest/nepotism in the disbursement of taxpayers' money is actually a pretty good argument for making the kind of cuts that Harper has made and would no doubt like to continue making. Smarten up, Canada Council.